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Art, History and Creativity

Your group will rave about their experiential dive into Columbus’ fascinating arts and history on this entertaining three-day tour.

Day One

Morning | Start with a curator-led tour of the modern Pizzuti Collection or tour master works at the recently expanded Columbus Museum of Art. Then, step inside a painting at the Topiary Park, a larger-than-life topiary recreation of Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”

Lunch | Enjoy unparalleled views of the Columbus skyline while dining at The Boat House at Confluence Park.

Afternoon | Wander cobbled streets, past Old-World architecture, on a step-on guided tour of historic German Village. Groups can tour private homes and gardens on an explore Beyond the Door tour.

Evening | Taste the history of this special neighborhood with dinner at Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus, with generous portions of famous German-style wurst, kraut and cream puffs.

Day Two

Morning | Release your own tropical butterfly in Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, where dazzling works of art are tucked among the plantings.

Lunch | Delight in Old European charm at Mozart’s restaurant, bakery and piano café. Top off your meal with one of the famous handmade pastries or tortes. 

Afternoon | Enjoy the streets of this New England style downtown pick your favorite wine at House Wine, savor a scoop of Graeter’s ice cream and stroll enchanting Old Worthington’s boutiques.

Evening | Relax in the Short North Arts District — the “art and soul” of Columbus. Find special treasures at the district’s many galleries and boutiques.

Day Three

Morning | Head out to Urban Arts Space to view an extensive and diverse slate of exhibitions and then head up to the rooftop garden and enjoy the view. Or visit the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, a 7-acre historical landmark on downtown’s Scioto River and the country’s first tribute to veterans of all American conflicts and branches of service. 

Lunch | Nibble your way around Columbus’ celebrated, more than 150-year-old North Market

Afternoon | At the Kelton House, an Underground Railroad stop, Sophia Kelton lets you in on the family’s secret in an immersive experience that’ll leave you speechless. Then, slip backstage at the Ohio Theatre, with its Spanish-Baroque architecture, for a spectacular light show and the lush sounds of the Mighty Morton theatre organ.

Evening | End your evening at Short North Stage, offering theatrical productions or cabaret acts throughout the year. Or catch a performance by BalletMet.



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Marie Kuess

Marie Kuess, ECI Sr. Program Manager